Driving Data Creates Visionary Change

By Calvin Stocker

“DRIVE. THAT. DATA.” This is the mantra of Teaching Excellence’s Data Driver TEam.  It can be heard in Instructional Coach’s debriefs with teachers, at PLS sessions, and during Teaching Excellence meetings as the TE Data Team trains Instructional Coaches on how to help core-content teachers effectively use their student data so that they can meet or exceed their student achievement goal(s).  By developing our stakeholders’ ability to use data effectively, we are able to leverage the highest impact instructional strategies and make the impossible possible. 

Below:  5 steps that the Teaching Excellence Team uses to help core-content teachers reach their student achievement goal(s):


5-Step Guide to Reach Your Student Achievement Goals



  1. We're an organization that believes in our students' achievement.  Everyone wants to see our students walk across the stage on Senior Signing Day.  Having a goal is the first step towards getting them there.  Therefore, each classroom should have at least one student achievement goal.
  2. As a teacher, do you know which students are on-track to perform well on Common Assessments?   Creating and utilizing tracking systems will empower you and your students to measure progress towards the goal.
  3. You have all this great data, now what?  IC’s help their teachers make instructional decisions and adjustments by: 1) Sorting exit tickets and finding the most commonly missed responses. 2)  Analyzing trends on trackers that indicate the objectives/standards that students are not mastering.  3) Delving into Common Assessment data to spiral in objectives that our students did not master.
  4. Data, tracking data, and analyzing data can feel daunting!  The first question we ask ourselves is, "Where should I start?"  Fortunately, YES Prep provides many layers of instructional support.  Teachers can seek assistance from their Dean of Instruction, their Instructional Coach, or collaborate with other teachers.  Collaborating with others saves time and offers you additional insight.
  5. There is power in habit.  Repeating this process continuously will ensure that our students are pushed to higher levels of academic achievement; which means achieving both you and your students' achievement goal(s).

 By equipping teachers with the steps above, we contribute to YES Prep’s work to "redefine impossible."

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